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Belgian Malinois Dog Information

Belgian Malinois

Breed Name: Belgian Malinois

Belgian Malinois possesses a strong desire to work and is happiest with regular activity and a job to do. They are considered as one of the high energy dogs and very hard working by nature. They are best guard dogs.

Nick Name: Mechelaar, Mechelse Herder, Mechelse Scheper, Pastor Belga Malinois

Origin: Belgium

Ancient Use: Bred primarily as a working dog for personal protection, detection and police work

Type: Medium-sized dog

Built: Square and Proportionate built

Appearance: Belgian Malinois are found in fawn to mahogany colors with black markings over the body. They have black and erect ears. They have square built with deep chest.

Temperament: Active, intelligent, friendly, protective

Height: Males 24 – 26 inches, Females 22 – 24 inches

Weight: 55 – 65 pounds

Average Life: About 12-14 years

Species: Herding

Barking Status: Barkers

Family Dog: They are not good family dogs and get reserved with the strangers

Preferable Temperature: Prefer cool climate

Active Breed: Yes

Member of: AKC

Socialization Status: No

Health Status: Belgian Malinois dogs are generally healthy, but like all breeds they are prone to Hip Dysplasia, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Elbow Dysplasia and Anesthesia Sensitivity

What to Feed:

Recommended daily amount: 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.

How to Care:

  • Needs daily exercise and long daily walk
  • Needs regular brushing
  • Bath only if it is absolutely necessary
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  • mike

    Seems like i read somewhere that this breed has a lower susceptibility to hip dyspepsia as compared to other breeds, and is overall considered a healthy breed. One of the reasons that it is replacing the GSD in police/millitary work

    What to Feed:

    Recommended daily amount: 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.

    This is akin to starving the dog… please check your facts